Developmental psychology - summary of chapter 5 of an Introduction to Developmental psychology by A. Slater and G. Bremner (third edition)

Developmental psychologyChapter 5Perception, knowledge and action in infancy Cognitive development: the development of behaviors that relate to perception, attention, thinking, remembering and problem-solving.Mental representation: an internal description of aspects of reality that persists in the absence of these aspects of reality.Traditionally a key aspect of the distinction between perception and cognition.But, its applicatoin to infancy has not been so productive as once seemed likely.Prior to gaining the ability to reflect on absent environments, infants have to learn how to perceive and act appropriately in their here-and-now environment.Right from birth, infants perceive the world in a sophisticated way, and in the early months they develop perceptual abilities that ‘fill in the gasp’ in perception so that invisible parts of objects are perceived, and that are temporarily hidden are treated as continuing in existence. Early limitations in vision; are they really a problem?Visual acuity: the ability to make fine discrimination between the elements in the visual array.Newborns’ vision is significantly poorer than that of older individuals.Visual acuity is probably around 1/30th the level of perfect adult acuity.Young infants have poor control over focusing the eyes (visual accommodation).These limitations are short lived, both acuity and accommodation improve rapidly during the...

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An Introduction to Developmental psychology by A. Slater and G. Bremner (third edition) - a summary


This bundle contains a summary of the book An Introduction to Developmental psychology by A. Slater and G. Bremner (third edition). The book is about development from fetus to elderly. Only the chapters needed in the course 'Developmental psychology' in the first year of

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